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you. >> a time for change has come! chris: obama at the threshold. account president combine grand prospects for glory with today's hard realities? can he offer a vision of a greater future and a practical way to confront debt in spending? can he address goals of historic consequence like immigration, while dealing with the grim money matters that routinely divide the country? the roosevelt way. could barack obama, even if he confronts a hostile opposition, still pursue a historic legacy, like f.d.r. in world war ii? could he hold a fighting action on one front to push for spending cuts while battling for gun safety and immigration reform on a second front? finally, picture-perfect. there are beautiful american families, a and no one treasures them more than the man in the white house. in the same week the president spoke parmelee about the time he spends with his daughters, reaction to that hateful n.r.a. ad may have shown how warmly the country has adopted them. chris: i'm chris matthews welcome to the show. with us joe klein from "time" magazine, the bbc's katty kay, nia-malika
obama in some quarters is searing. hear how sean hannity greeted the obama victory in november -- >> america wanted barack obama for four more years, and now we have him. by the way, good luck with that. chris: that was a bit sarcastic. today as the president take the oath, the new nbc wall street poll traces a geographic divide. 60% of americans who live in cities say they like the president personally, and like his policies. in the suburbs 43% like him and his policies. but in rural areas it's just 27%. and that's what you see playing out in congress. also inside the poll 6-10 strong republicans dislike the president personally as well as his policies. joe, there's a deep groove of resistance out there, and i guess the question is, how does the first term look, when you look back on it, compared to how it's looking? >> he's going to drive them completely crazy, those 60% of hrps in this term. and the reason for it is that there's an enormous story that we're missing, and that is we have had two important votes in the last three weeks. one was on sandy, the other was on raisin
>>> let me finish tonight with this. i end where i began with the obama doctrine at home and abroad. imagine another president speaking with seneca falls and stone wall with pride. imagine another wrapping himself into the history of struggle for women, for blacks, for gay people all with a kind of storied celebration. yes, we've come far. now let's go though distance. the word here is "we." didn't hear any of that on the capitol steps. didn't hear fighters for women being portrayed as suffrages. didn't hear gay people standing up for their right to be here on god's earth. no. they all belong here. they are among us, they have of us, a good and worthy part of us. it was an astounding speech. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead. taking the fight to the gop. the president spent the morning at his final inaugural event. a prayer service at the national cathedral. meantime, republicans spent the morning complaining. complaining that his inaugural ad
: president obama, sworn in yesterday, promising to change the tax code, immigration laws, and act on climate change. good morning, everyone. we will spend the first part of this morning's "washington journal" on yesterday's inaugural address. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. also, send us a tweet, twitter.com/c-spanwj. post your comments on facebook, or you can e-mail us. journal@c-span.org. let me begin this morning, this is "the wall street journal," had line. "obama vows aggressive agenda." "he is looking beyond the fiscal battle set to dominate the coming weeks." and then a side story, an analysis. "the president is set to fight over a new to do list." "the inauguration was not only grayer, he sounded less like a man ready for lofty flights and more ready for ground battles." and then here is "the washington post," this morning. there had lyme, "we must act." -- there had line, "we must act -- their headline, "we must act." "the new york times," this morning, "a limitless vision." "speech gives quiet goals center stage." "our jou
on martin luther king day. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ ♪ >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. yesterday we discovered the obama doctrine. put simply, it's to continue the american revolution well into the 21st century. defined economic equality for women, full equality all out for gay people. and full political and financial opportunity for people of color. everything about yesterday screamed with this manifesto from the makeup of the crowd to the people in the inaugural platform to the entertainment to the words of the address to the jaunty walks along pennsylvania avenue by barack and michelle and the wild and woolly greetings of vice president joe biden. we're all part of this. th
now!" >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i've barack the same obama do solemnly swear. >> i do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> four years after making history by becoming the first african-american president, barack obama kicks off the second term on martin luther king day. today and inauguration day special. we will air highlights from last ides' peace ball including naacp president benjamin jealous. >> the challenge for our country is never to see the day when a person of color would be president, nor the challenge for our country was to ensure that it would be safe for it to i hae -- happen again and again. >> we'll also hear from the legendary poet son the sanchez, ralph nader, sweet honey and the rock, and angela davis. >> let me say this time around we cannot subordinate our aspirations and our hopes to presidential agenda. >> we will look at big money behind the inauguration. four years ago president obama refused to accept corporate donations, but this year exxonmobil, at&t, christoph are amon
love president obama, i love his choice in his partner, michelle obama. and i love what he has done for all the education. >> you're all about education? >> i am all about education, and woman's rights. >> and women's rights? >> yes. >> this is something that is not as serious, what do you think of the first lady's new hairdo? >> i haven't seen it yet, but i'm dying to see it monday. i'm going to be at the ball. >> are you really? >> yes, i am. >> where are you guys from back here? >> dallas, texas. >> you are from kentucky, did you come just for the inauguration? why are you here? >> i'm an obama fan obviously. >> what do you like about president obama? >> can't really say right now, i don't know. >> yeah? >> well, listen, we are so happy that you guys are here. we thank you for joining us and for being with cnn. thank you so much, have a great time and stay warm. that is it for me, now it is time for "the situation room" and mr. wolf blitzer. don, thank you very much, happening now we're live here on the national mall right here in washington, d.c. where the inauguration weekend i
, for the first time since james monroe followed james madison and thomas jefferson, barack obama follows bill clinton and george w. bush as the third consecutive two-term president. when he takes the oath of office for the second time in the last 24 hours. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear -- >> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute -- >> the office of the president of the united states. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> that makes a total of four oaths of office. today east ceremony on martin luther king employing bibles by martin luther king and president lincoln. an address down the mall toward lincoln's memorial where dr. king gave his most famous speech. to spell out the country his vision for the next four years. it is america's quadrennial celebration of the office of the presidency, the orderly transition of power, the luminaries, the singers, the salutes, the speech, the pomp, the circumstance, the second inauguration of president barack obama starts right now. >>> welcome to washington. it is chilly but frankly bearable o
us this afternoon. chris matthews and "hardball" picks things up right now. >> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. yesterday we discovered the obama doctrine. put simply, it's to continue the american revolution well in the 21st century. defined economic equality for women, full equalitiallout equal for gay people. everything about yesterday screamed with this manifesto from the makeup of the crowd to the people in the inaugural platform to the entertainment to the words of the address to the jaunty walks along pennsylvania avenue by barack and michelle and the wild and woolly greetings of vice president joe biden. we're all part of this. they were shouting we're in this together and we're going to act together and we're going to try to open dialogue with those who would be our enemies abroad. we're not looking for another war this time and under this president we're looking for a way to avoid one because these wars, as we've all learned the hard way, are a lot easier to start than to finish. let's start with this astounding presi
'm melissa harris-perry in washington, d.c. in less than two hours, president obama will take the oath of office for his second term as president of the united states. shortly before noon, he will be sworn in in the white house blue room by chief justice john roberts. msnbc will bring special live coverage of the moment. normally, for a reelected president, it is the time to begin thinking of a legacy. having to run for re-election, the president is free to pursue the agenda that will enshrine him. among america's greats were abe lincoln and thomas jefferson. for this u.s. president, the first african-american ever elected to the office, the historical legacy has already been written before he officially began his first term. four years ago, president barack obama welcomed the weight of that legacy casting himself as a blank canvas to project our lofty hopes for change and great expectations for the nation. the first item on his agenda, that bright legacy and suggested those hopes were well placed. president obama tried and succeeded where previous democratic presidents tried and faile
a nice shot of the president, mrs. obama, mrs. biden and joe biden in the front row of the national cathedral. the prayer service is historically, traditionally the closing ceremony of the inaugural festivities and that is underway right now. bill: after a late night last night back at it today. we will watch that ceremony. make it a terrific day. stay warm in you're out in the arctic chill. we'll see you tomorrow, everybody. martha: buy everybody, see you tomorrow. jon: right now brand-new stories and breaking news. the threat is real for millions of americans treacherous road conditions, frigid temperatures, and now a new winter storm looming. what you need to know before heading out. plus a common household painkiller now linked to eye problems. what a new study says about a drug in your medicine cabinet that might increase the risk of going blind. and this boat does go over the edge of this dam, the only question for these two fishermen, will they go with it? it's all happening now. good morning to you on this tuesday, with only weeks left on the job secretary of state hillary c
john robertserts administered the oath to the president. >> i, barack hussein obama, do >> i, solemnly swear... >> pelley: there were no slipups on the oath as there were last time.e read this year the chief justice read the oath off a note card. >> so help me god. >> pelley: in his inaugural address, the president said ad america's possibilities areica's poss limitless. >> my fellow americans, we arehis mo made for this moment and we will seize it so long as we seize itwe s together. >> pelley: beyonce wowed the crowd with her performance of the national anthem. >> ♪ by the dawn's early light...♪ >> pelley: then as the president then as t left the platform and headedtform and back inside the capital there was a poignant moment. mr. obama turned toward theam crowd on the mall. "i wan "i want to take a look one more time" he said.ga "i'll never see this again." at lunch in statuary hall members of congress and the president exchanged hosts, then the president toasted his wife. >> there is controversy aboutno the quality of the president, not the qu controversy about the
the newseum in washington where all day festivals have marked the second inauguration of barack obama. it began with a church service early this morning. but the celebration is far from over. the inaugural parade itself is currently under way and the first family is watching from the viewing stand just outside the white house. early this afternoon the president sent crowds along pennsylvania avenue wild when he and the first lady got out of the motorcade and walked several blocks waving to the crowds. it was a rare close-up look for many. the highlight was the president's inaugural address way was powerful and, i believe, lincolnesque. he called for an end to perpetual wars and gave a historic shout out to gay rights. on many fronts the president said it was time to act. >> for now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect. we must act knowing that today's victories will be only partial and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and 40 years and 400 years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred
democracy, the transition of power without a hitch. >> i barak hussein obama do solemnly swear-- >> and we count down to the main public event tomorrow, the inaugural address. so what will president obama tell americans he'll do about the deadlock that's gripping d.c.? and what could we expect to see over the next four years? we have live fox team coverage. >> also, the bloody hostage crisis at that oil plant in the african desert. now, worse than anyone first thought. what they're finding as forces finally secure the scene, plus the state of the american hostages and the hunt for the so-called one-eyed terrorist who has taken credit for the deadly siege. >> president barack obama officially beginning the second term as president today, while the pomp and circumstance is set for tomorrow, the president quietly took the oath of office at a private ceremony earlier today at the white house. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> congratulations mr. president. >> thank you,
book is "bull by the horns" tonight on c-span's q&a. >> after that, president obama and by its -- and vice president biden had a wreath-laying and president obama took the oath at the white house. here is a look at the events today. vice president of the united states, accompanied by justice sonia sotomayor. [applause] >> the vice president has asked for -- ask that we bless the occasion with prayer. so, let us pray. the profit micah reclaims did you have been told, mortal, what is good, and what the board requires a view, only to do justice and love goodness, walking calmly with your dog. -- god. gracious god, we ask your blessing on your servant, joseph, as he renews the pledge he made to his country. in all the complexities that, this world, give us your wisdom so that he can know what is good and give him the courage to always do what is right. walk close by him so that he can do justice and labored tirelessly for a more just and gentle world. empower him to be a voice for those without a voice. for those on the margins, so easy -- easily overlook, you will judge us all for
, the u.s. army's and drum corps -- they will escort president obama down pennsylvania avenue during the inaugural parade. ♪ [drum line] >> it began in april with the production team. it prepares the materials, the music, the drill that we do. parade marching does not require quadrilles, but we do a great deal of research with 18th-century music portrayed on modern instruments that aren't -- that are reminiscent of instruments during the revolutionary war. the rangers a range of vignettes -- are arranged vignettes music from the 18th century that has military origin. they are arranged and sequenced. we had a three sequences. we performed a wide variety of music from that era. there is roughly a balance between the five group, which is 24 soldiers, 24 soldiers in the beagle group, an 15-18 in the drum group. two instruments, the bass drum and a snare drum. combining those three angel -- ancient signaling instruments into modern arrangements is quite a challenge, but the results are magnificent. >> this afternoon, we're going to do a standing music rehearsal. we will stand in the for
inaugural committee host: first lady michelle obama just turned 49 last week. she will have a big role during the next couple of days. here is take tweed ♪t the more private ceremony today will include a bible for the first lady. also, another first for this president being sworn in on mlk and the last time that happened was with bill clinton. we will share with you some thoughts by jerry is joining us from detroit on the democrats' line, good morning. caller: what makes this inauguration so much more significant that it is taking place on martin luther king jr. birthday. dr. king was certainly a hero of mine and certainly to president obama. and certainly to anyone who believes in equality and social justice. host: on the republican line, steve is joining us from virginia, good morning. caller: is important to look at what has been accomplished in the first four years. the values the -- the value of united states dollar has been reduced by 50% and the value of gold has gone up. everybody on welfare has half as much money to use and all the contributors have golden safety deposit box
like a king, that's how senator rand paul described president obama who signed 19 executive actions on gun control. we'll tell you what else paul is saying, plus this. >>> it's going to be like that, huh? ahh, someone wants to play. >> just trying to keep one the old guy, you snow. >> dude, is that your real hair? >> rory and tiger joking on the set but the joke is on you. they weren't even together for this new nike ad. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning, thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bit of breaking news, lance armstrong takes another hit as the international olympic committee strips him of his bronze medal. he took third place in the men's road cycle individual time trial at the 2000 olympics in sidney, australia. the ioc is asking armstrong to return the medal. the disgraced cyclist competed in the 1996 games in atlanta. the doping scandal that now surrounds armstrong could bring down the sport of cycling in olympic games. cycling may be pulled from the games if the scandal implicating top cycling officials inside the international
.com. >> on wednesday president obama flank would by biden defended his action to go for a 23 step plan on gun without congress. >> it is based on the work of joe's task force . in the days ahead, i intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality. because while there is no law or set of laws that prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, we have an obligation to try. >> texas congressman steve stockman made news. he said he would take any means necessary to stop the president from bypassing congress even arcticles for impeoplement. congressman stockman. you would do whatever it takes. what kinds of actions you take to reverse the executive orders. >> mike, right now what we did, we contacted dr. paul, a senator in up in the senate and we are co-sponsoring legislation to and perform stopping the bills which are executive orders that act like bills and in order to make sure he doesn't overst
especially in london, now here in the u.s. and over in madrid. >>steve: president obama and the first lady taking center stage last night at the inaugural ball. the late-night details with judge mcelway. >> the president attended two inaugural balls including the commander in chief's ball. that was quite a gathering including some of the famed tuskegee airmen. enlisted advisors from all branches of the military, the head of veterans affairs. most importantly it included gold-star families, families who lost loved ones in the fighting in iraq and afghanistan and many wounded warriors. before the ball the president took time out to chat via satellite. >> i can tell you that you've got a room full of patriots here. and although i've got to admit that they are a little spiffied up right now, their heart and soul, their dedication, their sense of duty is at one with every single one of the folks in kandahar right now. >> the couple scaled back attending the military ball and the public ball open to 40,000 people willing to shell out $60 for a ticket. higher prices for sections upstairs. that pa
checks. but that's only a part of what's needed. as president obama's made clear, no single step can end this kind of violence. but the fact that we cannot do everything that could help should not paralyze us from doing anything that can help. i'll go to the white house when i leave here. i'm looking forward to reviewing the proposals the president is announcing today. of course the judiciary committee will consider those proposals as we begin will be the first of several hearings on this topic. then we have the question of first responders. i'm going to keep the committee's focus and partnerships to protect our first responders like the public safety officers benefits act. i'm going to re-authorize the lifesaving bulletproof vest partnership grant program. was proud to author that bipartisan in 1998 with senator ben "nighthorse" campbell. we recently provided the one millionth bulletproof vest to a state law enforcement agency. these are not abstract things. first responders are flesh and blood lifelines to each and every one of us. they ran to buildings like sandy hook out of a sense o
. obama also mentioned executive actions mostly to toughen existing laws. at the emotionally charged event the president was surrounded by children who wrote him letters of gun violence. family members of the newtown victims were in the audience, including the parents of 7-year-old grace mcdonnell. >> chris, her father, gave me one of her paintings, and i hung it in my private study just off the oval office. and every time i look at that painting, i think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now for grace. >> the nra is getting ready for battle, raising money and e-mailing supporters to upgrade their membership for, quote, the fight of the century. >> we're not saying that your rights are at risk. the president of the united states is saying that. >> so where do things go from here? nbc's tracie potts is in washington for us. tracie, how is the president going to get the public and congress to support this legislative agenda? >> reporter: with a very public campaign, mara. started last night with an op-ed the president published in "the connecticu
have a category called obama's top promises. you can look at those and you can see that i think his record of fulfilling them is not quite as high as overall. you make a good point -- some of his promises were sweeping and thematic and others were very specific. there were two that were lighthearted -- we included two promises like that. one was his promise during the campaign that he would buy his daughter as a puppy which is a promise kept in the other was that he would fight for a college football playoff system which we also raided a promise kept indeed, you could say this is the aggregate and you need to look in on the more narrow numbers. we published an article yesterday but we welcome anybody who wants to tally them up in different ways and provide an analysis. all promises are not created equal. host: we are looking at the top promises on politifact - tell us more about compromise. guest: the credit for workers is a tax credit that was part of the economic stimulus originally, he sought $500 and i think ultimately, law was less than that. that was a classic compromise that
weekend started with a day of service to honor dr. martin luther king jr. president and mrs. obama rolled up their sleeves today with 500 volunteers at an elementary school in northeast. vice president joe biden and his wife jill prepared care packages at the national guard armory for u.s. troops and first responders. on the national mall, a day of service summit just wrapped up a f few minutes ago. >> jim, darkness is set unwilling here now on the national mall. but today volunteers in the big white tent behind me were lighting up the place. thousands of people poured through the national day of service tent headquarters already to volunteer like jennifer artist and her two sons of little river, maryland. >> it's important to have my children with me because they get to see the importance of serving others. and we're also celebrating martin luther king's day and this is something that he would want us to do as well. >> how about 100 public and private, local and national groups of all types offered volunteer encouragement. what is best buddies? >> best buddies creates opportunities for f
. now legions of sponsors want armstrong to pay them back millions. >>> president obama and 19 gun-control executive orders that would bypass congress and playing hardball over the budget and spending limits. >> what i will not do is to have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the american people. >>> all that plus a major announcement today from walmart. good news for homeowners. and the odds of will and kate's baby being born on grandma princess diana's birthday. good morning, i'm marra schiavocampo. for the first time in years, lance armstrong may be waking up with a clear conscience. the former seven-time tour de france champion has reportedly admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. nbc's curt gregory has more. >> reporter: according to the associated press, seven-time tour de france winner lance armstrong has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his famed cycling career. armstrong reportedly made the admission during a taped interview with oprah winfrey in his hometown of austin, texas. following the interview, winfrey tweeted, "just wrapped with
trouble for commuters today. >>> later today, president obama will offer the most xensz extensive proposals to curb gun rules. aenchts 150,000 kids could be stranded this morning and one world trade center is one step closer to reaching 1776 feet. good morning. we begin with breaking news in london today. black smoke was seen rising into the sky during the morning rush hour. a helicopter crashed into a construction crane and then crashed near the river thames. the chopper fell and burning wreckage was seen in the street. there are reports of at least two people killed. british police say there was nothing to suggest a terrorism link. we have a reporter headed to the scene of the crash and we're expected to bring you more on the story. >>> a big winter storm is working from the south to the northeast this morning and expected to be a travel nuisance for commuters. many in the south saw ice and causing dangerous conditions in memphis. rain spread into northern louisiana and arkansas. the sleet and snow mix made travel a mess in the dallas-ft. worth metro area. hundreds of flights in
moments. >> we'll have more highlights from that historical day, including how president obama is using his inaugural address as a call to action for a second term. >>> also ahead, what do you think about co-workers who show up even though they are sick? >> i don't do it that often. >> it's actually a serious story. sometimes people don't have a choice. sometimes they aren't paid for their sick days, so they have to go to work or don't get paid. so we're talking about more efforts to make sick pay mandatory. >>> and rare interviews with prince harry in afghanistan that are getting a lot of attention. he talks rather candidly and openly about opening fire on the taliban. that much talked about trip to vegas and the duchess' pregnancy. we'll hear from the prince coming up. >>> also, scary video as you've seen. the high school wrestler taking his position on the mat when a huge spotlight falls on him. fortunately, he is okay. actually, he finds humor in what happened. as you see, he turned out well. he's going to share his story in a live interview in just a little bit. >> all right. we'll
for >> that is your last forecast. lester? >> thanks. >>> president obama's inauguration weekend is kicking off today with a national day of service. and ron mott is right at the center of things at the washington mall. good morning, what's happening this morning? >> reporter: hey, lester. good morning to you. as you mentioned, activities kick off this weekend. this is one of the ones that really is near and dear to the president's heart and the first lady's heart. that's the national day of service that the president called for four years ago. now this tent that we're on is on the national mall. the washington monument is a stone's throw behind us. it's going to be filled with some of the 800,000 people expected for the inauguration. there are dozens of local and national organizations here that will tell folks how they can help around the d.c. area and when they get home in their communities. just two are here. the american red cross is going to be here later on showing people how to save a life with cpr training. and then just across the way is no kid hungry, trying to fight childhood hunger in th
. >> president obama launched his effort to reduce gun violence wednesday, calling for action and don't congress and signed in 23 consecutive quarters to deal with the issue. speaking before an audience that included the families of those killed in last month's newtown shooting, the president called for an assault weapons ban, better background checks, and more funding for police and mental health services. this is 25 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president and vice-president of the united states. >> please, please be seated. thank you. before -- before i begin today, let me say to the families of the innocence that died, our hearts go out to you and you incredible courage being here and the president and i will do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today. it's been 33 days since the nation's heart was broken by the horrific, senseless violence that took place at sandy hook elementary school. 20 -- 20 beautiful first graders gunned down in a place that's supposed to be their second sanctuary. six -- six members of the
spanking your fellow republicans for getting their clocks cleaned by mr. obama in that debate. tell me what you are upset about and is there some revenge exacted? >> we have very severe long- term fiscal problems. i think there is a lot more that is at the big banks door and the federal reserve's door. it is amazing neither party has been willing to look at the problems. we are faced with enormous long-term challenges on the fiscal side. i thought the whole process was wrong. i have a bias. i was speaker of the house. the idea that the senate at the last minute would write an entire bill, put whatever they wanted into it, send it over, and say, pass it as we wrote it. we will not touch it again. and the house said, ok. crazy. nobody read that bill. it violated everything republicans complained about with the stimulus. the minimum they could have done was brought it up, actually read it, maybe had a hearing to find out what was in it and what did it mean. there were millions of dollars willi understand why the president wants to take care of its friends. what did that have to do with the bil
in orlando, vice president biden pledged that the obama administration would make sure that future infrastructure investments are more targeted to local areas. in november, last year, the vice president hosted our leadership in the white house to discuss the fiscal cliff and the concerns of mayors regarding both investment programs and tax-exempt financing. whenever there's a major issue that demands attention, again and again and again, vice president joe biden has shown the leadership and courage needed to help move our nation in the right direction. and that is why i was certainly heartened when president obama asked vice president biden to lead a special task force to develop responses to the tragedy not only at sandy hook elementary school, but the daily tragedies we see all across america. the nation's mayors and vice president biden have stood together for many, many years in support of public safety. after all, it was then-senator joe biden who championed the crime bill, which established the cops program and included the ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines,
from republicans like congressman john fleming of louisiana. who says, quote, if president obama tries to use executive orders to challenge the fundamental protections of the second amendment he will face strong opposition. while the president is welcome to offer his ideas and proposals it is up to congress to address gun legislation and i urge president obama to remember that distinction. joining us now, a.b. stoddard, associate editor and columnist at "the hill." the there are a number of proposals that the president apparently is considering. what could he actually accomplish through executive action, ab? >> well, he is hoping basically to tighten laws, many of the laws on the books already, having to do with background checks, et cetera. that is not the power grab that opponents of gun control and the president's plans fear. they are not going to try to do any mandates or bans which is within the power of the congress and will require legislation and votes by both chambers. he is talking about, looking at tightening existing restrictions on the importation of guns from other countr
this is the piers morgan special guns in america. president obama is creation of the second amendment. press secretary jay carney says the president's proposals will be significant. >> the president has made clear that he intends to take a comprehensive approach, including the assault weapons ban, including a measure to ban high-capacity magazine clips, including an effort to close the very big loopholes in the background check system in our country. >> is the white house plan enough? tonight i'll talk to experts on both sides of the gun battle plus victims' families and big city mayors leading the charge for gun control. and consider this. since adam lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at sandy hook at least 917 americans have been killed by guns. while the nra reports an unprecedented surge in membership, up 250,000 over the past month. add to that record sales of ar-15 assault rifles. so what's the solution? more weapons or stricter laws? let's talk about all of that tonight with our studio audience. it's our version of the town hall. it's the most important issue facing america rig
people hurt, one of them critically. another member of president obama's cabinet calling it quit. in a few hours ken salazar is expected to announce he'll step down as interior secretary. salazar came under fire for pushing oil regulations for oil development. he said he'll leave by the end of march. >>> overnight two of japan's biggest airlines grounded their dream liners for safety checks. this after another one was forced to land because of a burning smell in the cockpit. the latest blow for the new jet following a battery fire and two fuel leaks last week. fortunately no one has been hurt in any of these incidents. not good news for the plane. >>> turns out the best medicine for modern health could be the barn. a study found families on farms are almost half as likely to have asthma and nearly four times less likely to have hay fever. but you don't need a pet pig to combat sickness. another new study suggests babies raised around dogs are 31% more likely to be healthy. researchers believe dogs and cats help kids' immune systems mature faster. that's interesting. >>steve: in o
hour. president obama is set to exercise his executive muscle. he'll announce new gun control measures today that don't need the okay from lawmakers. it comes on the heels of sweeping new legislation cracking down on guns in new york state. >>> also this half hour, a little girl lost and found less than 24 hours after being abducted from a school. a 5-year-old is found hiding, slivering, and half clothed under a slide in a playground. what happened in the hour she was missing, that's a mystery. this morning, we hear from the man who found her. >>> and in "the skinny," charlie sheen, everybody remembers charlie sheen, from bad boy to the most traditional role of all. the latest and most unlikely surprise, really, from sheen. he says it's one that makes him feel, quote, like the world's going to crack in half. >> that's a tease. >> yeah, winning. >> winning. i'll stick around to hear about that. >>> but first, let's talk about a messy weather system hitting states across the nation. >> from an ice storm to winds and rain to the threat of a significant snowfall, in southern california the
of power; obama in the white house, democrats in control of the senate, republicans of the house. but appearances can be deceiving and in this case are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama almost like a parliamentary party was not rewarded. taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded, calling the obama health care plan -- which was their own only a few years earlier -- socialism was not reward withed. rewarded. that means they have to begin to rethink themselves and, importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition. so i think that was the important change that creates a new dynamic not that's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the campfire in washington making nice to one another. but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a successful effort to deal with our most pressing problems. >> host: two familiar washington faces, thomas mann and norm ornstein. "it's even worse than it looks." this is booktv on c-span2
in a few moments. >>> president obama unveils his new expansive gun control agenda this morning. >>> a nightmare for boeing. an entire boeing 787 dreamliner fleet grounded after a series of disasters. how dangerous is this problem? >>> and flash floods in the southeast and a commuter nightmare in the northeast. >>> ahead this morning, we talk to illinois congresswoman tami duckworth. randy forbes, john eustis and twist beatz. wednesday, january 16th. "starting point" begins right now. >> welcome, everybody. let's begin with breaking news. a developing story out of london, where a helicopter hit a crane and crashed into a construction site near a busy commuter hub. it all happened during rush hour. two people confirmed dead. two more taken to area hospitals, and we are live at the scene of the crash in london. erin, give us a sense of what's happened, and what's happening now? >> hi, soledad, what we can piece together from various eyewitnesss we have been speaking to. around 7:45 this morning, very foggy morning here in london, a helicopter flying very low and very fast accordin
on c-span. president obama is officially inaugurated for a second term on sunday at the white house. coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. eastern with a look back at the 2009 inaugural address. monday, live all-day coverage begins at 7:00 a.m. earn. at noon, the president takes the oath of office and will be followed by a luncheon inside the capitol. today at the national press club, representatives from the presidential inaugural committee, the joint congressional nugral committee and capitol police held a joint news conference. this is 50 minutes. >> thank you. thank you very much. and thank you press club, for hosting us today. this is going to be a little bit of a dance. there is a lot of different players that are involved in the events that will be taking place over the next few days. my name is brent cole burn. i'm the communications director for the presidential inaugural committee. and we are involved in this weekend, doing a lot of the public events that fall outside the official swearing-in, which matt can talk to. in fact, as i kind of think about this, it may make sense to do
there. >>> well, president obama has made no secret. he wants to do sothing about gun violence, and he stood before the country yesterday with a concrete set of proposals. some of them executive actions, some of them some work that congress is going to have to do, but many of the things he talked about still leave a lot of questions unanswered, and my next guest has a lot of those answers, and is still trying to work through some as well. he's new york's police commissioner ray kelly. thanks very much for coming in. i know you were in d.c. for the event yesterday, and i'm sure you're still getting your head around a lot of what's been, it seems, put together in warp speed time. but just from what you do know, your reaction to the president's actions? >> my reactions, certainly positive. i think it's something that has been overdue. certainly mayor bloomberg has led the charge, so to speak, in this area, and the president, i think, in essence supported everything that the mayor has put forward. >> one of the big criticisms is that while assault-styled weapons sound terribly menacing and
the mentally ill. president obama is expected to formally lay auto these measures later this week. >>> on the former fiscal cliff, president obama is digging in his heels. he said he would not trade cuts in government spending which they want. he said trimming the budget deficit should be a different discussion separate from the debt ceiling. >> raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. all it does is say that america will pay its bills, and we are not a deadbeat nation. >> clearly house speaker john boehner thinks differently. he responded by saying, quote, the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. >>> these pens are designed to be used only by one person, but an investigation discovered that many of them were used on multiple people. >>> are you in hawaii or going there anytime soon? surfers, beware. check out this video. it's a real-life jauss. two sharks were swimming dangerously close to the show. can you believe it? look at that. you could wade in and be bitten, eaten. last year ther
. preparations underway for president obama second inauguration. we will have more in a lot, and fewh reports starting in a minutes. e latest on theh friday morning commute. >> lighter than normal for most the area for this commute. it just happen in maryland. they have shut down interstate 95 northbound before you get to route 32. e is nobody on this part of the interstate. we are overhead live right now. newschopper 7 just arrived on the scene of this terrible crash. we have a car under this tractor trailer. north of 216 at the rest area. now jacki shared with the forecast. jack b. jarrett with the forecast. feele winds are making it like 30 degrees at this time. look at our forecast for today. breezy, and cold. a high between 25 and the last 35 and 40 degrees. >>> what is the truth about manti te'o? you see him down in florida training, right there, as so many questions keep on coming in, of what really happened. right there is the woman seen in pictures as his girlfriend. she's now revealed to be alive. the questions about the notre dame football star and who was really behind the hoax. >
talked with president obama about this. i know he's strongly committed to real immigration reform. would like to see the dream act passed. i'd like to see a number of other things and we'll work on it. one of your fellow graduates of georgetown, senator durbin, deserves every kind of honor and praise for what he's done in the dream act. he'll be very important in this. >> good morning, senator. "the washington post" had a piece yesterday suggesting that you represented perhaps an obstacle to the passage of gun control legislation. i'm wondering -- obviously you do in a sense. but i'm wondering if sort of standard practice in congress should yield to what many perceive to be an extremely urgent situation. >> i think it is an urgent situation and that's why the first hearings held by anybody, house or senate, is going to be by me and my committee in that. i wasn't quite sure who they were writing about when i read the article, but i will strongly defend the press right to print anything they want, accurate or otherwise, but the fact is -- i'm not suggesting whether this was accurate or not
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